The Stanford Scene: Life on the Farm

"The Farm," as the Stanford campus is commonly known, consists of 8,800-acres of lush lawns and gardens, red-tiled roofs, and beautiful views of mountains and tree-covered slopes. Although it is surrounded by Silicon Valley, the university enjoys a village ambience all its own. Bicycles are a common mode of transportation and are often preferred for getting to class. The temperate climate encourages an active campus lifestyle that is comparatively informal; casual dress is typical.
More than two dozen tennis courts, four swimming pools, racquetball and squash courts, stables for horseback riding, weight training and exercise facilities, and a golf course offer recreational respite from the rigors of academic life. Many formally and informally organized intramural teams engage in competitive sports, and season tickets for such varsity sports as football and basketball are available to students at reasonable cost.

Cultural refreshments on the Farm range from a stroll through the Rodin sculpture garden to presentations by the Lively Arts at Stanford, which welcomes some of the world's finest performers in music, dance, and theater. There are also museum and gallery exhibits, film series, and musical and dramatic performances by students. A local marquee theater features not only classic films, but a pipe organ that is still played every night before the first show.

The Stanford environment

The Stanford University School of Medicine is an integral part of a vibrant university community that offers a remarkable array of intellectual, cultural, and recreational opportunities. Gathered together on one campus, the world-renowned schools of Medicine, Business, Law, Earth Sciences, Education, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences share more than lecture auditoriums and research labs, but also cafes and gyms, bike paths and horse stables, museum exhibits and music halls.

A student body of over 14,000 (approximately 50% undergraduate and 50% graduate) and a distinguished faculty of over 1,700 enjoy a spirit of creative collaboration that promotes outstanding academic and artistic achievement. Volunteerism is also an important part of Stanford life, and many students seek or create service opportunities outside the campus to address the needs of local communities.

The School of Medicine has many partners, both on and off campus, with whom we develop and present challenging opportunities:

  • The hospital and clinics of the prestigious Stanford Medical Center, as well as nearby Palo Alto Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center and county medical facilities, provide unparalleled opportunities in clinical patient care.
  • Physician scholars undertake scientific investigation in some of the country’s top graduate biomedical research programs at the Medical School and on Stanford’s main campus
  • Students may pursue concurrent graduate degrees at other schools at Stanford, or even through programs at other universities.
  • Stanford’s Learning Tech team leads the nation in developing cutting-edge technologies for biomedical education.

Beyond Stanford: The Beautiful Bay Area

San Francisco is just thirty-five miles north of campus and offers endless opportunities for sightseeing and entertainment. Just across the Bay is the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford's traditional football rival. North of San Francisco, you can walk through virgin redwood forests, take winery tours in Napa Valley, or relax at one of many natural hot springs or spas.
Slightly over two hours to the south is the rugged coastline of Big Sur. In nearby Carmel and Monterey (site of the Monterey Aquarium and Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station), you can enjoy not only coastal vistas with unusual plant and marine life, but also specialty shopping and challenging golf courses. Beaches up and down the coast offer great conditions for serious surfers.

About four hours inland, in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, you can hike, backpack, camp, and ski. The wonders of Yosemite National Park, the resort attractions of Lake Tahoe, and even the bustling casinos and shows of Reno are an easy getaway for a Stanford student.

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